It’s Official! America’s Favorite Home-Based Hobbies are Revealed


A new set of statistics have revealed the favourite hobbies of Americans when they are at home alone or with their loved ones.

There are no great surprises on the list, however, if you are seeking inspiration at the moment in keeping your mind, body, and soul active while indoors, then some of America’s most beloved pastimes will help to keep you on your toes.

Leading the way is listening to music, and for good reason given that listening to our favorite songs is proven to reduce stress and even enhance cognitive function – from soothing jazz to thrashing heavy metal, music has the power to lift your mood and release those all-important endorphins into the brain.

But, other than loading up Spotify, what other hobbies does America love to engage in when at home?

Cooking (And Eating, Of Course!)

The survey from Statista revealed that, aside from music, cookery is the favorite hobby of home-based Americans and some even like to grow their bonsai apple plants.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a whizz in the kitchen these days to serve up a tasty meal – there are some fantastic cook-a-long videos on YouTube that you can follow on your smartphone in real-time. You can even reach out for a classic cookbook or two if you prefer.

There is something incredibly satisfying about eating a meal you have lovingly cooked and prepared with family or your partner, and whether you opt for something super healthy or a little bit naughty, it feels great to be completely in control of the ingredients that go into your evening meal and lunches.

Get Lost In a Good Book

Is there any form of escapism quite like reading a good book?

The sales of print books increased by more than 8% in 2020, and whether it’s dipping into a weighty slice of non-fiction or being transported into a fictional world of romance or mystery, it’s clear the appetite among Americans for reading remains high.

More and more children are getting into reading as the price of Kindles and other e-readers fall, so why not set aside a couple of hours per week to get away from your phone/laptop and dive into a captivating read instead?

The Wonderful World of Sports

America’s love of sports will never be diminished.

Armchair fanatics have never had more access to competitions like the NFL, NBA, and MLB thanks to the various broadcasting deals that are in place, so no matter which sports are at the top of your list you will be able to enjoy them from home.

A number of complementary industries are thriving too. Daily fantasy leagues and longer-term fantasy pool games are growing in popularity as sites like DraftKings become more prevalent, while a change in the law means that more Americans than ever before can legally wager on sports too. There are plenty of recommended American betting sites to explore, no matter which sporting events you wish to wager on, with moneyline and points spread bets available for those who have a gut feeling about the way the big game is going to pan out.

Having some ‘skin in the game’, as the saying goes, has to be the most exciting way to watch live sports on TV.

Explore New Worlds…Digitally

Of course, the sporting world is supremely well represented in video games too.

Like reading, video gaming allows us to leave our troubles behind and explore huge universes and gameworlds, putting ourselves in the shoes of our favorite lead character as they take us on a voyage of discovery.

We’ll never get to know what it’s like to be a blue hedgehog able to run at warp speed like Sonic, and for most of us the chance to be a butt-kicking heroine like Lara Croft has passed us by, but, in the world of video games, we can be pretty much anybody we want to be.

Feeling the Burn

Again, it’s all backed by the science, and, while, for some of us these are words that are hard to hear, working out at home is good for our bodies and it’s good for our minds too.

In the past couple of years, more Americans have brought down the TV remote and picked up a kettlebell instead, with spare rooms up and down the land turned into makeshift home gyms.

The growing trend for real-time workout videos has seen an explosion in the content available on YouTube and other streaming platforms, while brands like Peloton have thrived from America’s newfound love of getting their sweat on.

Is there anything quite like the buzz of an energetic workout? Knowing that you have burnt off enough calories for that next glass of something cold and fizzy certainly releases the good vibes too…

Green Fingers

Gardening is one of those hobbies that tend to creep up on Americans slightly later in life.

But we as a nation are taking more pleasure and interest in our outside spaces than ever before. Even if you don’t have a garden of any great size, you can still add plenty of color and life with a few carefully curated pots and herb plants.

You can find plenty of gardening inspiration on this very website, and it is so easy to renovate your outdoor space these days with more and more hardware firms offering affordable home deliveries.

So there you have it – these are the home-based hobbies that Americans simply love more than any other.

Jenny Han
Jenny Han is a writer with a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University. She has been weaving stories for over 15 years. She joined our team in 2019, bringing a fresh perspective to lifestyle and entertainment writing. Before joining us, Jenny worked in children's publishing and as a screenplay consultant. Her passion for storytelling is evident in her engaging and insightful articles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and practicing yoga.

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